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Mayapple Press author John Palen to read from his works on Saturday September 22nd – Champaign IL

Saturday September 22nd at INDI GO

Two East Central Illinois writers and a singer-songwriter perform Saturday night at Indi Go Arts Co-Op, 9 E. University, Champaign.

Roxane Gay, Lania Knight and John Palen will read from their works in the 8 p.m. event. Jeff Arrigo will sing and play guitar. There is no cover charge.

Gay, who teaches at Eastern Illinois University at Charleston, is widely published. Her book Ayiti came out in 2011 from Artistically Declined Press. She has work in several anthologies and recent publications in Mid-American Review, Midwestern Gothic, Big Muddy and elsewhere.

Knight, who also teaches at Eastern, is the author of Three Cubic Feet, a novella from Main Street Rag. She has published stories and essays in PANK, Midwestern Gothic, and Jabberwock Review.

Palen’s latest book is “Small Economies”, a short-fiction chapbook from Mayapple Press. His “Open Communion: New and Selected Poems” came out in 2005, and he has recent work in Citron Review, Lingerpost, The Cossack, Sleet, and Poydras Poetry Blog.

Arrigo is a co-founder of the CU Singer-Songwriter Collective and helps with fundraising for the CU Folk & Roots Festival. His first CD is titled Gideon.